DGN Secretariat : Finally, after 20 years of it’s establishment, the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) has officially completed and opened it’s newly built Secretariat for members of the association.
The newly commissioned Lagos DGN Secretariat which is located on Simisola Street, Surulere, Lagos, was unveiled on Friday, January 25, 2019 by Majority Leader, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and veteran Nollywood actor, filmmaker and Member representing Surulere Constituency in the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon Desmond Elliot among others.
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President of Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Fred Amata stated that the secretariat was first in the history of DGN, describing it as a drop in the ocean vis-à-vis the many aspirations of film directors in the country.
However, Femi Gbajabiamila declared his readiness to work with industry leaders to facilitate policies that will yield returns on investments for filmmakers in Nigeria.
Gbajabiamila advised Nollywood filmmakers to come together and present their positions on how best their industry could be run.
Desmond Elliot on the other hand noted that the industry needs the right legislations to curtail the excesses of pirates.
He also appealed to Gbajabiamila to assist by facilitating bills that could enhance international co-production treaties.
Other top Nollywood filmmakers who graced the event include; Pioneer President of Directors Guild of Nigeria, Mr. Matthias Obahiagbon, the immediate past Chairman of Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS), Mr. Bond Emeruwa, President of Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Mr. Ralph Nwadike.
Also, other top Nollywood stars present include; Osita Ihieme, popularly known as Pawpaw, Frank Dallas, Emeka Ossai, Sunny Mcdon W and Tony Anih among others.
Fred Amat during his swearing in as the DGN president in 2016 had outlined his administration’s policy direction and his passion towards ensuring that DGN was strengthened at the zonal level to encourage directors at all levels to identify with and actively participate in the activities of the Directors Guild of Nigeria.